Let's face it, we are all dying to see the DCEU's version of the Caped Crusader fly solo in #TheBatman. Unfortunately for our seemingly never-ending nervousness, it's encountered one obstacle after another. Whether it was due to the loss of Ben Affleck as director, or rumors of it being a mess, the movie just seems to keep hitting rough waters.
In fact, just yesterday it was revealed that director Matt Reeves would be unable to work on the project until July of 2017 due to contract obligations with War For The Planet Of The Apes. This pushed production for DC's latest #Batman installment to 2018 and set its release date in a much more distant future.
When Reeves came on board, it looked like a turning point for the embattled project. Unfortunately with the above, another new, discouraging piece of information has come out. According to SlashFilm, sources close to the production told them Warner Bros. has ordered a complete rewrite of the screenplay for The Batman.
This contradicts an earlier report that stated the studio and everyone involved in the film were quite happy with the script:
Now, as with any rumor, we should take it with a grain of salt. However, taking into account the previously mentioned setbacks, it's very possible there's something to it.
The rewrite would have a lot of implications. From the report, it seems that not even the structure of the plot will remain. Jeremy Irons' Alfred and obviously Affleck are pivotal for the story, but what will happen to #JoeManganiello's Deathstroke? Will he remain as the main villain or will another baddie from Bats' rogues gallery take over?
That's all up in the air right now but if the rumor is true, it puts The Batman in the same situation as #TheFlash, for which Warner Bros. ordered a page-one rewrite earlier this year. That similarity between the two is even more worrying if we consider that we haven't heard anything from The Flash in quite a while.
All this trouble and uncertainty begs the question...
Could 'The Batman' Get Cancelled?
Considering good ol' Batsy is one of #DC's flagship characters, probably not. What is likely, however, is for Warner Bros. to shelve the project for a while. We've seen in the past how blockbusters that are forced into production, especially superhero ones, don't end up being a great final product.
The Batman has encountered way too many problems in its development process, even for a film that's been so carefully planned. So it would be a smart move for the studio to let the project rest for a while and allow the #DCEU to explore different territories. After all, it does have various prospective franchises in its line-up to focus on and build up, such as Gotham City Sirens, Nightwing and Shazam!/Black Adam.
If Warner Bros. decided to leave The Batman alone for a while, it wouldn't mean the project is dead. In fact, the studio could be waiting to see how #JusticeLeague is received to decide how to proceed with the separate characters in the film. If Affleck's portrayal of Bruce Wayne is as popular and well-received as it was in Batman v Superman in this new installment, there's no doubt the studio will fast-track his solo film.
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Batman is one of the most beloved superheroes in the world, and all of this craziness involving The Batman has definitely been tough for fans. But from what we've seen, all the setbacks and troubles with the movie have happened as an effort to make it the best movie it can be, and in the end, that's all we want.
Whether Warner Bros. needs to put the project to rest to find the right voice for it or fast-track it depending on Justice League's reception, all we can do is hope we will get a good final product.
How do you feel about The Batman being rewritten? Now that that's happening, what would you like the new version of the movie to explore? Let me know in the comments!